While it’s taken longer than expected, suds could be flowing in Columbus this spring.
Tyler Walker, co-owner of Cercis Brewing Company, updated the Columbus City Council on the brewery’s timeline to open during the March 6 meeting at city hall. The city is working with the brewery on funding through the Revolving Loan Program.
Cercis was planning to open last fall. However, due to licensing and renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building at 140 N. Dickason Blvd., it’s opening has been delayed. Walker said he understands the community is eagerly anticipating the brewery’s opening and told the council progress is being made every day.
“I would say we’re about seven to maybe 10 days from brewing on site,” Walker said.
While he wouldn’t commit to a firm date, Walker said Cercis plans to open in five or six weeks. Cercis will feature home brews passed down through family recipes.
Walker said Cercis’ ownership team is committed to Columbus and hopes the brewery will turn into a local attraction. The building, constructed in 1920, has the space, charm and appeal to house a brew pub.
He envisions Cercis becoming similar to Octopi Brewing in Waunakee. Octopi is a contract brewing company that invested $5 million in state of the art brewing equipment and produces more than 15,000 barrels per year.